David Hill: what it takes to be a professional writer

“…I wept all over the last pages, they are tear blotched…”


In the latest episode of the NZSA Oral History Podcast Season 3 we hear from David Hill who has been writing full-time in New Zealand for over 30 years.

David is probably best known for his writing for children and young adults but he is also a playwright, poet, adult novelist, columnist and critic. His books have been published in many countries and languages around the world and he has won awards for his writing in New Zealand and overseas.

David has generously mentored and encouraged new and emerging writers through the New Zealand Society of Authors and is the 2019-2020 NZSA President of Honour. In 2015 Deborah Shepard interviewed David about his extraordinary career and what it takes to maintain it.

David Hill giving the 2019 Janet Frame Memorial lecture as NZSA President of Honour 2019-2020


David’s episode, and all in Season 3, are accompanied by a beautiful photo portrait of the writer taken by John McDermott, and hosted by New Zealand broadcaster, NZSA member and author Karyn Hay. Season 3 has been supported by a grant from The Southern Trust.

You can listen to Season 3 and 14 other episodes from writers  (both living and dead) from previous seasons on our website, Soundcloud, Stitcher, Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.

Want to know more about the NZSA Oral History Podcast Series?  Read the NZ Herald article about the series on our website.

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